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Eye Candy: B.C. skydivers love drop-top Jag

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The Toronto Star for Wheels.ca

The car: 1993 XJS Jaguar Convertible
The owners: Gerald and Debbi Harper, Abbotsford, B.C.
The story: Gerald Harper looked for his classic Jaguar for more than 20 years, from California to Hawaii to Arizona, but finally found it just minutes from his home in Abbotsford, B.C.

?When I saw this car, I knew she was it. Unfortunately someone else did, too, and had first dibbs on the car,? Gerald recalls.

?I tried to forget the Jag but, four months later, the owner changed her mind, decided to sell, and the car was in my garage a day later.?

The classic convertible boasts a six-cylinder, 250-horsepower engine, an early-?90s mobile phone on the dashboard, and a five-disc CD player hidden in the trunk.

?We drive the Jag whenever we get the chance, although it does rain the odd time in the Vancouver area,? says Gerald.

When that happens, he and his wife, Debbi, go skydiving out of their single-engine Porter airplane.

But with the rainy season over in B.C., they are looking forward to getting the Jag out of the garage and back on the road.

?There is nothing better than driving through the mountains with the top down,? Gerald says.

Show us your candy: Do you have a beautifully restored car? Send us your pics, along with a few sentences about why it?s special to you. If we choose it, we?ll run it in Wheels. Email wheels@thestar.ca and put ?Eye Candy? in the subject line.

  • Eye Candy: B.C. skydivers love drop-top Jag MAILMASTER __Subject: Eye Candy resending larger pic of Jag On 2014-04-29, at 8:07 PM, Toronto Star, Wheels wrote: From: Gerald [mailto:geraldbonchek@hotmail.com] Sent: Friday, April 04, 2014 2:18 AM To: Toronto Star, Wheels Subject: RE: Eye Candy resending larger pic of Jag From: geraldbonchek@hotmail.com To: wheels@thestar.ca Subject: Eye Candy Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 01:00:04 -0400 This is our Jaguar , we are Gerald and Debbi Harper and we live in Abbotsford, British Columbia. This is my 1993 XJS Jaguar Convertible. I looked for my Jaguar for over 20 years from California to Hawaii to Arizona. I found the car only 10 miles away from home and when I saw this car I knew she was it. Unfortunately someone else did too and had first dibbs on the car. I tried to forget the Jag but four months later the owner changed her mind, decided to sell and the car was in my garage a day later. She's well equipped with a 6 cylinder 250 hp, a phone on the dash and a 5 CD disc player in the trunk. We drive the Jag when ever we get the chance although it does rain the odd time in the Vancouver area so while shes safely away in the garage you can find us skydiving out of our Porter. Looking forward to getting the car out of the garage and back on the road. There is nothing better than driving through the mountains with the top down. Gerald Harper Abbotsford, British Columbia geraldbonchek@hotmail.com IMG_0551 (2).JPG airplane for article.jpg
  • Eye Candy: B.C. skydivers love drop-top Jag MAILMASTER __Subject: Eye Candy resending larger pic of Jag On 2014-04-29, at 8:07 PM, Toronto Star, Wheels wrote: From: Gerald [mailto:geraldbonchek@hotmail.com] Sent: Friday, April 04, 2014 2:18 AM To: Toronto Star, Wheels Subject: RE: Eye Candy resending larger pic of Jag From: geraldbonchek@hotmail.com To: wheels@thestar.ca Subject: Eye Candy Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 01:00:04 -0400 This is our Jaguar , we are Gerald and Debbi Harper and we live in Abbotsford, British Columbia. This is my 1993 XJS Jaguar Convertible. I looked for my Jaguar for over 20 years from California to Hawaii to Arizona. I found the car only 10 miles away from home and when I saw this car I knew she was it. Unfortunately someone else did too and had first dibbs on the car. I tried to forget the Jag but four months later the owner changed her mind, decided to sell and the car was in my garage a day later. She's well equipped with a 6 cylinder 250 hp, a phone on the dash and a 5 CD disc player in the trunk. We drive the Jag when ever we get the chance although it does rain the odd time in the Vancouver area so while shes safely away in the garage you can find us skydiving out of our Porter. Looking forward to getting the car out of the garage and back on the road. There is nothing better than driving through the mountains with the top down. Gerald Harper Abbotsford, British Columbia geraldbonchek@hotmail.com IMG_0551 (2).JPG airplane for article.jpg